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The purpose of this blog is to provide valuable information for anyone considering a home remodeling project. Our intent is to offer friendly, informative remodeling suggestions including design ideas, cost saving tips and much more. With this information perhaps you can turn your home into the castle of your dreams.

Contractor Best Practices: Free In-Home Consultation

An in-home consultation allows the contractor to discuss your vision with you in depth and to assess your remodeling project with you.

After all, how can a contractor provide you with a realistic price range for your kitchen or bath remodel if they don’t actually visit your home and review the room in question?

A free in-home consultation is a courtesy that any professional remodeling contractor should offer, especially before they provide a preliminary price range for your job. For instance, when assessing the room, a contractor may notice some issues or concerns that may affect the outcome you desire. They may also be able to make suggestions specific to the room that will save you money or give you an alternative design option.

For the first initial appointment as a client, you shouldn’t have to drive to a contractor’s office, wait until they’re ready to see you and then try to describe your remodel vision without being able to show them the room you want to remodel.

K B Design and Remodeling offers free in-home consultations, and I know that most of my peers do as well. If you come across a contractor who refuses to come to your home, you might want to think twice before requesting a price quote from his organization. If he won’t extend you this simple courtesy, where else will he cut corners in customer service?

Contractor Best Practices: Listening

Wrong Scenario: You invite a contractor over for an initial consultation of a kitchen remodel. You can’t wait to tell the contractor your ideas and see how he can help you put it all together into a cohesive remodeling strategy…only you never get the chance. The remodeler takes a look at your kitchen and then starts explaining his ideas for the remodel. He brushes aside your concerns as he points out all the changes he would make to your kitchen. It all sounds good, except for one problem – it’s no longer your remodel!

Right Scenario: The contractor arrives at your home and immediately asks you all about your ideas. He listens carefully, speaking only to ask for clarification. He nods often and engages in good eye contact. After you finish describing your ideas, he asks considerate follow up questions that make you think in new directions. Only after you have fully described your vision does he review your kitchen. After a thorough look, you sit back down, and the contractor explains concerns, issues and ideas he has based on what you’ve told him. All of his suggestions are helpful and practical. You feel like he truly understands your vision and is dedicated to getting it right.

A good contractor can bring plenty of great remodeling ideas to the table, but first and foremost he must bring his ears and use them.

I consider listening to be the number one best practice for a contractor. Every client has a vision for their home, and it is the contractor’s duty to understand and share this vision. Of course, in most cases, the vision needs a little clarification and fine tuning, and that’s where the contractor can really shine.

Great outcomes start by listening to the client and delivering their vision.

Top Reasons To Remodel A Kitchen

With all my years in the remodeling industry, I’ve come across plenty of different reasons why clients ultimately decide to remodel their kitchen. That said, most of the reasons fall into three main categories. Keep reading. Do any of these problems apply to your kitchen? If so, we’re only a phone call away!

Too Small

Families grow. Aging parents are brought in. Children move back after college. Or maybe you just want to be able to entertain more.  Whatever the reason, things are getting cramped. A kitchen expansion is in order, and a remodeling contractor can help you expand your kitchen to fit the dimensions of your life.

Not Functional

Every home has a different traffic pattern. Maybe your kitchen causes regular daily pile ups, or you hate where the drawers or cabinets are. If navigating your kitchen causes a serious spike in blood pressure, it might be time for a kitchen overhaul where you work directly with a designer/contractor to rebuild your personalized kitchen space.


If you’ve been living in your house for a long time (say, a decade or so), you might start questioning the lava lamps and shag carpeting. Not only is your kitchen out of date, but it may suffer from the wear and tear that happens to every room over time. Handles break, wood rots, hinges squeak, etc… It’s probably time for a standard remodel, which can include buying new and efficient appliances, refinishing cabinets, or replacing cabinets and putting in new counter finishes, faucets and handles, floorings and adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls. In a short amount of time, your kitchen will seem brand new again.

If your kitchen suffers from any of these issues, you might be due for a remodel.

Call K B Design and Remodeling at (619) 448-2927 for a free consultation and quote today.

A Master Bath Makeover Can Help Sell Your Home

Let’s be honest, today’s real estate market is a crapshoot at best. Homes for sale have to compete against a glut of inventory, hesitant buyers and low-priced foreclosed properties.

If you’re selling, then you need to find a way to make your home stand out. One easy way is to spruce up your old or tired master bath. Just a few cost-effective changes can turn an ordinary or lackluster bath into an inviting haven of relaxation and pampering.

Renovating a master bath can have a very strong impact on the overall feel of the house, which could boost its resale value or even be the decision factor for a buyer choosing between many different options.

If your goal is to sell, then your remodel should be focused on getting the maximum return for your dollar. This can be achieved by following the tips below:

  • Avoid falling for flashy trends or spending extra dollars on expensive fixtures and fittings.
  • Renovate with the demographic of your most likely buyer in mind.
  • Choose timeless and classic materials and finishes, which are beautiful and appealing to your target demographic.
  • Play up the emotional value of the bathroom. Women tend to place more importance on bathrooms and are looking for space, beauty and comfort.
  • A frameless glass shower enclosure will visually expand the space.
  • Select neutral toned stone or quartz for the countertops and complementary floor and wall tile. These finishes are also easy to clean and show well.
  • Give the bathroom a special touch to help it stand out in the minds of perspective buyers. This could be a unique faucet, a bright stripe of color on the walls or even just a bouquet of fresh flowers.
  • Pay close attention to the lighting and what mood/emotion it gives the bathroom.

    If you are having trouble selling your house or anxious about putting it on the market, a master bath makeover might just do the trick. Give us a call at (619) 448-2927 to see what we can do for your master bathroom.

Levels of a Kitchen Remodel: Conclusion

So there you have it folks. In a nutshell of six blogs, I’ve reviewed the major categories of a kitchen remodel and included general pricing for each category.

I hope that this special series has been helpful to you as you start planning your own kitchen remodel. Remember, we can help! K B Design and Remodeling serves the San Diego area and has nearly 30 years of experience remodeling kitchens and bathrooms.  This means we can provide you with honest answers to your remodeling questions and offer quality design solutions and cost saving tips for your remodel.

We also provide a free in-home consultation, which can be very educational and illuminating, especially if this is your first remodel. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and the quality of the work we do. We’d love to show you first-hand what we can do for you , which is why we offer all new clients a $500 discount on their design services to get their remodeling project started.

Your design remodeling consultant:

Frank D. Edwards, CKD, CBD, CR.

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